PARENT "At Camp Eye to Eye, my daughter benefited from five uninterrupted days of learning about herself, discovering the strengths that her dyslexia gives her, making great friends, and interacting with counselors who 'get it.' I would recommend it to any parent!"
— Elizabeth Alda O'Heaney
TEACHER "There's immense value for children who experience the Eye to Eye program summer camp ... A safe outdoor adventure in a supportive environment builds their skills while they explore new ones ... Students carry the experience forward with them in school and in their future."
— Amber Bergeron, Literacy Specialist at MESA Charter High School
CAMPER "Many people have challenges. I feel better to know that I am not alone. This summer, I went to Camp Eye to Eye. The counselors and the kids all have challenges like ADHD or dyslexia. It was a lot of fun. There was a cool ropes course and a zip line. We did art projects. My favorite was 'The Ball of Awesome.' On one side, we wrote what we struggle with. On the other side, we wrote what we're great at. There are so many things I am great at. The things I struggle with ended up being only a tiny sliver."
WHERE LD / ADHD MEETS FUN
What happens when you combine the FUN of the 92nd Street Y Camp Yomi with a life-changing mentoring experience for kids with LD / ADHD? Camp Eye to Eye—an incredibly fun and unforgettable summer event for students entering 5th to 8th grade with LD / ADHD. Eye to Eye is the only national mentoring movement that pairs kids with LD / ADHD with successful college and high school Mentors who have similar labels.
In one week, kids who come to Camp Eye to Eye build crucial self-esteem and self-advocacy skills that they can use for life! Leading Mentors from our program serve as counselors and share their experiences with campers on how to achieve—and succeed.
At Camp Eye to Eye, we use an arts-based curriculum to create projects in a relaxed environment. Plus, campers take part in fun Camp Yomi activities, such as the ropes course and sports fields!
Camp Eye to Eye is for students entering 5th to 8th grade who have a language-, math-, or reading-based learning disability and/or ADHD as a primary diagnosis. Around half of our campers are from the New York City area, and the other half are campers that join us from all over the country.
THE CAMP FACILITY
Camp Eye to Eye is based out of the 92nd Street Y, in New York City. Camp Eye to Eye campers and counselors will take buses from the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan to 92nd Street Y's Camp Yomi facility, in Rockland County, NY. More information on the Camp Yomi facility is available on the 92nd Street Y website.
Camp Eye to Eye seeks to recreate our year-long chapter mentoring experience. Each day, campers will create art projects that focus on Eye to Eye's core principles, such as metacognition, self-advocacy, and community.
Camp Eye to Eye is also able to utilize the fun facilities that are open to all 92nd Street Y campers. Each day, our campers will take part in Camp Yomi activities, such as soccer, pioneering, and the ropes course. Most of our Eye to Eye activities are in a covered outdoor area, and Camp Yomi will provide back-up activities in case of rain.
The Camp Eye to Eye art projects are an opportunity for campers to express themselves creatively and a tool for facilitating conversations between campers and counselors. Unlike assignments in school, our art projects have no rules. Campers are encouraged to construct projects using all available supplies in any way they see fit. Art is the starting point for campers and counselors to talk about their shared experiences as different learners in a safe and welcoming community. Every Eye to Eye art project focuses on one of our program objectives, such as metacognition, grit, self-advocacy, and academic accommodations. Learn more about one of last year’s Camp Eye to Eye art projects from this blog post on Understood.org.
Our counselors are former and current Eye to Eye Mentors from our 120 schools in 20 states. All of our counselors are successful college students or recent graduates with learning differences. They are trained to empower your child! We will roughly have a 3:1 camper-to-counselor ratio, with additional Camp Directors (who are full-time Eye to Eye team members). Check out our counselors spreading the message of LD / ADHD empowerment in this blog post from the website, The Mighty.
Eye to Eye provides round-trip bus transportation from New York City to Camp Yomi. The bus arrives and departs from the 92nd Street Y at 1395 Lexington Ave. The buses are air-conditioned and equipped with lavatories. Drop-off is between 8-8:30 am, and pick-up is between 5-5:30 pm.
Eye to Eye hosts sessions for parents and guardians of campers every afternoon during the week of camp at the 92nd Street Y. These programs will be opportunities for parents and guardians to learn from the Eye to Eye team, industry experts, and each other. Additionally, Friday afternoon is our Graduation Art Show at the 92nd Street Y. This activity is a celebration of the accomplishments from the week. Campers' friends and family are encouraged to attend.
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT
The cost of Camp Eye to Eye is $900 for the week, with $450 due upon registration, and the additional $450 due by April 1. The cancellation date is April 1, after which the deposit will not be returned. Families will also need to submit a health form and IEP, 504 Plan, or other documentation about their children's learning styles. A limited number of scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis to families with demonstrated need. Information on scholarships is available on the camp registration page.